He Lives Again!

Hello Everyone!

This is my very last email as a missionary so I guess I oughta make it a good one!

We sprayed our entire house with Permethrin this week! #nomorespiders

We had ZTM on Tuesday. It was weird because I had to bear my testimony since I am going home, I still don’t feel like I am going home. It was a bit anti-climactic because of that reason. ZTM was good though we learned about how having faith in Jesus Christ helps us to have faith to find people. Even if they are talking on the phone…

Then we went on exchange to Horseheads! I went with Sister Ferrin. She is pretty cool! She hasn’t been out very long, but she is a very good missionary and a good teacher. We saw a lot of miracles that day!

We didn’t have a lot of planed lessons with people, but we were still able to see so many people! We met an older lady who was watering her plants, (It’s been so dry here!) and we started talking with her. She didn’t seem to interested at first. The whole “I’m have my religion and you can’t change me” type thing, but we broke down some of her walls and were friendly with her. Even with her disinterest, I still felt like I should give her a Book of Mormon, so I did. She was extremely grateful that I would give her an entire book! She seemed very sincere in reading it. I hope she does!

For dinner we went to the Reeders house for dinner (the reason why I am saying this is because my companions will freak out…or at least the ones that served in Elmira) They made lots of Yummy food! We even saw all of their doll houses! They are about 7 or 8 of them that were set up. They even included a miniature Windex bottle and aluminum foil! It was so fun!

Later that night, we got back to the apartment before the other sisters did and we realized we didn’t have a key to the apartment, so we did the only logical thing. Talk to people. We talked to about 5 people in the ten minutes we were waiting for the other sisters to get back, it was pretty awesome!

The next day we had a few lessons, one with a little boy that was about 11 years old. We did an activity were we flipped to a random page in the Book of Mormon and read the verse we landed on. I don’t know, but sometimes that game is risky! There’s lots of war going on. But thankfully we didn’t land on any bad ones!

The whole time while I was in Elmira I kept noting that the grass was very yellow and crunchy and dead and that we need some rain, because no one has sprinklers here in NY. I even mentioned that we should have a service project where we go around with a hose watering people’s lawns.

Then it happened! On the way to Corning, it poured. It was a torrential down pour! When we go out of the car I felt like I was in the shower!

The rest of the week was spent trying to find people! We were finally able to find the family from the park again…I guess I was confused as to where they live (but what else in new? 😉 So we taught them about the plan of salvation. When we were explaining how Christ was killed by bad people the seven-year-old got really upset and said he wanted to punch the bad guys in the face! So we quickly told him how Christ came back to life. Then he got really excited and started jumping up and down with excitement and started yelling “He’s a live again!” He got even more excited when we told him that he would live again too, along with his grandma who had recently passed away.

Isn’t that how we should all feel? Excited that Christ lives again so that we can all live again with Him and Heavenly Father! I think that is want I have learned on my mission, to be excited about Jesus Christ and His gospel! And grateful for Jesus Christ and His Atoning sacrifice, so that when I make a mistake, no matter how much I regret it, my life isn’t over, and it’s the same for you! I am so grateful fo everything I have learned on my mission and I am grateful that i get to take it with me were ever I may go!

I love you all and am so grateful for all of your support while I have been gone these last 18 months. I am excited to see you but also sad to say good bye to all of the wonderful friends I have made out here in NY, but I know that I will see them again even if it’s after this life. And that is what Facebook is for 🙂

I hope you have a great week! and I’ll see lots of YOU next week!

#glassmuseumtoday #Palmyranextweek  #NYUM 🙂

Love you all so so so much!

Where did the week go?

This week went by way too fast!

I’m not even sure what happened!

We didn’t see a lot of fireworks on Monday night…they said it was too dry to do them. But the people that live behind us had a few of them and they were fun!

I think I forgot to tell you this, but last week we got a text from a former Sister Missionary who served here (No it wasn’t any of my companions 🙂 telling us about a girl she had taught that was interested in going to church again! We have been able to contact her through Facebook and we hope that she comes to church one of these Sundays! It’s been a very slow process, I think she just needs to warm up to us, and she was in the process of moving. But now that she is all moved into her new house we are seeing her tonight, hopefully everything goes well!

We had a fun dinner appointment on Friday night! They had a table cloth that all the missionaries sign (I remember doing this in Cortland when I was there 🙂 But that wasn’t the only fun thing! During dinner (BTW we had ribs…my favorite!) each of the kids went around the room and asked us one question, after we answered it was our turn to ask them a question. There were some very creative questions!

I remember when I was a kid and we had the missionaries over. I always loved it (especially when it was the sister missionaries)! I just remember looking up to them and thinking that they were so cool! Sometimes I forget that the kids in the places I serve really look up to us as missionaries. Cuz I wouldn’t look up to myself…but that would just be weird because I am myself and I know all of my flaws and everything. But those kids don’t know that they just see all the good in you! Ok, that was the random tangent of the epiphany that just came into my head.

Earlier in the week, although I forget which day, I felt that we should go to a certain part of our area. So we went! It was cool because we got to see one of our investigators that we haven’t been able to see all transfer and, we set up an appointment with a part member family for the next day, unfortunately they were home when we went the next day. But at least we were able to say hi the day before!

the Elders had a baptism on Saturday, and also an 8-year-old girl in the branch. It was a good baptism, they even had dirt cake as a refreshment.

We caught a giant spider in our one of our spider traps! Somehow we’ve had less spider troubles except the spider that was on our closet door Saturday night…made a pretty funny video though!

Well, I guess I can say that I have been a missionary for 18 months, (as of Thursday) It’s been pretty great and I am grateful that I still have 2 weeks to go!!! I haven’t lived in NY for 18 months so it doesn’t count yet!

Have a wonderful week! love you all! Bye now.

Loves yas!

Rooming with Spiders

We did a lot of walking, and we got lots of exercise!

We had our Zone Conference on Thursday and we talked about finding and how we can approach people differently that just say, “Hi were missionaries…”  We saw some pretty funny role plays…especially the one about moving to NY because they were pretending to be a cat breeder. NY is a pretty good place to breed cats!

It’s fun to try and talk to people using these the new approaches we came up with as a Zone. For the past couple days, I have been asking people what the purpose of life is. One time I asked a lady that was walking and she just laughed and walked away, but I asked another man the same question and he told me that his dad always told him, it is to paint smiles on peoples face, I thought that was a cool answer!

We met another family while we were OYMing on a trail in Painted Post. We asked if we could share more of our message and they immediately stopped and sat down on a bench to listen to us. We taught them the Restoration afterwards, the little boys got all excited and said, “That was a great story!” They said we could come back next week, and the cool thing is, they live 5 minutes away walking distance so we don’t even have to use any miles to get there! We are excited to see them this week!

On Wednesday morning, we helped to do “Meals on Wheels” If you’ve never heard of it, it’s this service activity to deliver meals to the elderly in the community, I think, But I didn’t really know what I was doing I just did it. It was great!

One of our investigators came to church for the first time since I’ve been here! She seemed to enjoy it and I hope she comes again next week! We also sang with the youth in Sacrament meeting Spontaneously, so that was fun too!

Sunday night was fun, we walked all around town knocking on doors and talking to people on the street…somehow I enjoy that now.

I’m still working on my proud watch tan line and trying to avoid the mosquito, and talking to everyone I see! I love you all and I hope you have a great week!!

Loves yas!